Friday, June 30, 2017

Brilliant Weiland debut, two monster innings give Diamonds win



Hours after being added to the roster, Sam Weiland pitched beautifully to shut down San Rafael as his teammates put together two monster innings and the Diamonds dominated the Pacifics 13-3.

Weiland (1-0) gave up two runs and struck out ten in six innings to earn a victory in his first start for Pittsburg. Nick DeBarr (0-2) took the loss.

The Diamonds used five hits, four walks and an error on Pacifics’ third baseman Jake Taylor to score seven runs in the first inning. In the fourth inning four hits, a walk, a hit batsman and another error gave Pittsburg five runs.

Game two in the four-game weekend series will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at Albert Field in San Rafael.

Diamonds in the rough – series notes, June 30, 2017


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Bitter End to Vallejo Series Has Diamonds 5 ½ Games from Where They Want to Be


The Diamonds have a scheduling quirk that has loomed over their entire first half of the season. They played the Sonoma Stompers in the first three games of the season. Losing all three, it is now apparent that they launched Sonoma on to its “take no prisoners” first half of the season. The two teams will meet again on the 4th of July, the first of nine games between the two before the first half of the season champion is crowned July 16. Heading into this weekend the Stompers are a stunning 19-5, a winning percentage just below .800. At 13-10, the Diamonds are 5 ½ games behind with four to play against San Rafael before they get Sonoma on Tuesday.

As we go to press, no starters have been announced for the weekend series against San Rafael.

· Non-stop Guglietti – The Diamond’s first baseman is playing like he is from another planet. Any human would surely have hit a rough spot by now. Not the tall, amicable, team-before-me clean-up hitter for Pittsburg. He seems unstoppable. Heading into the weekend against San Rafael, Vinny Guglietti leads the league in hitting (.429) and runs-batted-in (30). Not covered in statistics is his astonishing ability to hit the ball hard at every at-bat, so hard it makes a different, distinctive sound than other batters.

· Questions Persist – What to make of the Diamonds’ bullpen? Strong of late, the relief pitchers have shown an ability to implode in a way that would make a 4th of July fireworks show seem staid. Just last Sunday the team’s pitchers issued 21 walks, complimented by four hit batsmen. More recently, the same pitchers have come around. Wes Tramble, who suffered a disastrous performance on Sunday, pitched a scoreless ninth in relief Thursday night.

· Scoreboard Watching – You can claim you don’t do it. But no one believes you. Sixteen games from the end of the first half of the season all Pittsburg eyes will be slyly watching the scores that come in from the Sonoma-Vallejo series. Those two teams play three this weekend. The Diamonds have four against San Rafael. A doubleheader Sunday will make up for a game postponed due to a conflict with the NBA finals. Depending on how it all goes the Diamonds will be anywhere from two games behind to 9 games back when they head to Sonoma on Tuesday.

· How Will You Follow the Diamonds? – All Diamonds’ games are carried live on Mixlr.com via the internet. You can hear them by connecting through the Diamonds’ website www.DiamondsProBall.com. Click on “LIVE BROADCAST” and then click on “Listen LIVE.” Saturday and Sunday games are broadcast live on KLSN-FM, Classic Hits 92.9. Many games are carried on BayAreaSports.TV. Check on that website to see the schedule.

Former Diamonds outfielder Hinshaw playing well for New Britain

Jordan Hinshaw spent the majority of 2015 and entire 2016 Pacific Association seasons playing in Pittsburg. This summer Hinshaw is playing with the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League, considered by many to be the top competitive independent baseball league.

Currently hitting .400 in 19 appearances, the 27-year old outfielder had his best performance of the season on June 27 going 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBI. He has proven that playing in the Pacific Association can lead to advancement in the sport.



Pittsburg Diamonds Alumni

  • Dylan Brammer (2016) - River City Rascals, Frontier
  • Chris Cummins (2016) - Salina Stockade, AA
  • Scott David (2015) - Lancaster Barnstormers, Atlantic
  • Nate Gercken (2016) - New Jersey Jackals, Can-Am
  • BJ Guinn (2016) - Sioux Falls Canaries, AA
  • Jordan Hinshaw (2016) - New Britain Bees, Atlantic
  • Joe Lewis (2016) - Salina Stockade, AA
  • Rich Mejia (2016) - Normal CornBelters, Frontier
  • Dennis Neal (2015) - Sioux Falls Canaries, AA/Trois-Rivières Aigles, Can-Am
  • Tyler Nordgren (2016) - Gateway Grizzlies, Frontier

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Diamonds bats fall silent, winning streak ends with loss to Admirals




After averaging almost 12 runs over the previous five games, the Pittsburg Diamonds could only muster a single run on Thursday night, losing to the Vallejo Admirals 3-1.

Jose Garcia led off the first inning with a single and would come around to score on a single by Vinny Guglietti. But that was it for the Pittsburg offense.

Diamonds starter Corey MacDonald (2-2) came in to the game with the lowest earned run average in the Pacific Association and he pitched well but still took the loss.

Christopher De Leon (1-1) had faced tough times so far this year but he gave up only three hits and one run to take the win. Sammy Gervasio got his fourth save of the year.

The Diamonds travel to San Rafael on Friday to begin a four-game series.

Sarah Granato Named Assistant General Manager of Diamonds



PITTSBURG – The Pittsburg Diamonds took a shot at baseball’s glass ceiling today by naming Sarah Granato assistant general manager.
         
            Granato, 22, has been working with the team in an internship capacity filling roles as diverse as scorekeeper to game day management.
         
           The graduate of Benicia High School competed on a soccer scholarship for Kansas Wesleyan University, graduating this past May with a major in Sports Management and a double minor in Accounting and Business Administration.
       
          “Sarah has proved herself to be a valuable addition to our leadership team and the we are proud to bring her on board in an official capacity,” said Khurram Shah, owner of the Diamonds.
     
          Granato said the position is a dream come true. “I hope someday to manage a professional team myself or work as an agent for players. Right now, I hope to help bring a Pacific Association championship to Pittsburg.”

          Granato plans to apply to the University of San Francisco for a masters in Sports Management.

       The Pittsburg Diamonds are an independent minor league baseball team that is currently in second place in the Pacific Association.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pittsburg extend win-streak to four

A strong performance by starting pitcher Dennis Neal, two homeruns and four Vallejo errors added up to a 7-4 victory for the Diamonds, their fourth straight win.

Neal (1-0) spread out six hits and four runs over seven innings of pitching and got the win for Pittsburg. Jordan Brink pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.

Chad Highberger had a two-run homer in the fourth and J. J. Wagner added a solo shot in the eighth to lead the Diamonds offense.

Marquis Hutchison suffered from four errors his teammates committed in the second inning allowing three runs. Hutchison (1-4) took the loss.

The Diamonds have won four of the five games on this homestand. The series finale is Thursday night at 6:30 at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Stirewalt, offense power Diamonds to victory

The Diamonds used the strong pitching of starter Tyler Stirewalt and a lineup filled with offensive weapons to beat the Vallejo Admirals 12-4 and return to three games above .500, their best ever winning percentage.

Stirewalt (2-2) went 6 1/3 innings, gave up four runs and kept the game under control to earn the win. Brent Adheen (1-2) started for the Admirals and lasted four innings, giving up 12 runs – 10 of them earned – and took the loss.

Designated hitter Austin Fraker homered and doubled and drove in three runs to lead the Diamonds attack.

Pittsburg has won three of the first four games in this six game homestand. The two teams play again Wednesday night at 6:30 at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg.

Croskey named team minority owner

Eastern Contra Costa County businessman Wolfgang Croskey has invested in the Pittsburg Diamonds and will be the team’s minority owner and managing partner, the Diamonds announced today.

Croskey is the president of Croskey Real Estate in Pittsburg, a 71-year-old family-run company that has been a leader in the business community for many years.

“As our organization grows and matures, we are very happy to have Wolfgang taking a leadership position,” said Khurram Shah, owner of the Diamonds. “We will be taking full advantage of his marketing expertise and his local knowledge.”

The Diamond’s new general manager said today’s announcement is really a dream come true.

“I am thrilled to become part of the Diamonds’ organization just as they are becoming an important part of the fabric of our community,” said Croskey. “We are bringing professional baseball and affordable family entertainment to everyone in East County.”

The Diamonds are currently in second place in the Pacific Association, an independent minor league baseball conference with teams also in Vallejo, San Rafael and Sonoma.

Diamonds in the rough, series notes - June 27


DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES, JUNE 27, 2017
Walk-off Win Could Set the Tone for Rest of Series, Season

Getting an extra day to savor Sunday’s dramatic walk-off victory against Vallejo, the Diamonds will tonight start the second half of their six game homestand against the Admirals. Pittsburg hopes to take advantage of a schedule that gives them 24 home games among the first 39 games that will result in the crowning of the first half Pacific Association champion.

Starting Pitchers:
Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 p.m. – After his surprise appearance on Saturday night in relief of Angel Lara, Tyler Stirewalt (1-2) will return to form as a starter. And what a form he has shown! He is leading the league in earned run average with a paltry 1.93. He has 18 strikeouts and just nine walks. He has pitched twice against Vallejo, getting the win in a victory on June 9.
Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
1
2
1.92
5
4
0
0
28
18
9
18

Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – Returning from a three-game suspension, Dennis Neal will get his second start of the season. Last Friday, Neal expressed his disapproval of the umpire’s call on a pitch. He was told to leave the grandstand area. The next day the league handed down a three-game suspension. In his only appearance this year, he had seven innings pitched, gave up four earned runs, walked no one and struck out eight. He did not get a decision.
Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
0
0
5.14
1
1
0
0
7
8
0
7

Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. – He pitched one inning of scoreless ball, and that earned Corey MacDonald (2-1) the win on Sunday versus the Admirals. He was the second Diamonds starter to take on extra responsibilities in the bullpen last week. This will be MacDonald’s fourth start of the year. In 18 1/3 innings he has struck out 13, walked 9 and has an ERA of 2.45.
Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
2
1
2.45
4
3
0
0
18.1
13
9
16

“Never Give Up” Diamonds Lose Huge Lead Then Grab Walk-off Win – The Diamonds lead 13-2 at the end of six innings of play on Sunday. It was hard to imagine anything could stall their march to victory  But the bullpen went wild, contributing to a total of 21 walks given away by Pittsburg pitchers in the game.
The Admirals were all too happy to accept the Diamonds’ generosity, scoring seven runs in the 7th and five runs in the 8th to take the lead. But then came the ninth.  With one out Yiecok Calderon singled. When Javier Marticorena lined out the Diamonds were down to their last out. J.J. Wagner coaxed a single out of a 2-2 pitch and Austin Fraker came to the plate. He hit a looping, slicing soft line drive down the right field line. Calderon scored easily to tie it. Wagner was right behind him and flying towards the plate with the potential winning run.  The throw was off line, Wagner scored and the Diamonds’ dugout exploded on to the field in celebration of the 14-13 walk-off victory.

Wild Weekend for Diamonds and Admirals – It was Jose Canseco Weekend at Winter Chevrolet Stadium and it was definitely special. The former A’s slugger was the Diamonds’ designated hitter on Saturday. His first time to the plate the second pitch was called a strike and Canseco exploded in a vein-bursting fury. The astonishing display went on for several minutes with Diamonds manager Aaron Miles racing to home plate to try and keep Canseco away from the home plate umpire. Friday was truly memorable and not entirely for baseball. A game that Pittsburg lead 9-0 at one point went into extra innings. Pittsburg was down by two in the 11th but had the bases loaded when all the lights went dark. It would take more than a half hour to figure out how to counteract the automatic timerthat had turned out the lights. The game resumed and the Diamonds scored to pull within one. Then the infield sprinklers went on. Another delay and a wet pitching mound. But Vallejo got the last out and the longest game of the year (five hours) was over.

Plethora of Pittsburg Pitchers and Players At Peak Performance – As the Diamonds open the second half of their six-game homestand against the Admirals they can showcase some of the league’s very best players. Vinny Guglietti continues his outrageous season leading the Pacific Association in hitting with a .430 batting average. The closest hitter to him is Diamonds centerfielder Wes Wallace who is hitting .364. Calderon who has come on strong recently is the league’s fifth leading hitter with a .338 average. Guglietti is also leading in runs batted in with 28. Wallace is fifth with 18 RBI’s. Tyler Stirewalt leads the league with his stingy earned run average of 1.93. Corey MacDonald and Skyler Shaw-Fuss are third and fourth with ERA’s of 2.46 and 3.00 respectively. Michael Gunn is third in strikeouts with 33 behind Tyrelle Harris of Sonoma who leads with 39.

Jose Can’t Overcome Caleb – Pittsburg designated hitter Caleb Bryson has had a tough start of the year at the plate, but his vaunted power was on display for all to see Saturday evening in the homerun derby featuring former Oakland A’s home run hitter Jose Canseco. He pummeled eight homers in ten outs at one point leaving all other contenders in the dust.

Follow the Race to the Championship – There are lots of ways to catch Pittsburg’s professional baseball team in action. The best way is to get up close and personal at Winter Chevrolet Stadium. Tickets are vailable on www.DiamondsProBall.com. If you can’t be at the game, home games on Friday and Saturday are televised on Delta TV. That’s Comcast 24, Uverse 99 and streamed live on the City of Pittsburg website. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday games, both home and away, are carried live on KLSN 92.9 FM. All of the games are on the internet which can be accessed via the Diamonds’ website or Mixlr.com. The radio and internet broadcasts will start 15 minutes before the scheduled first pitch with “Runs! Hits! Aaron!” pre-game show featuring manager Aaron Miles. And BayAreaSports.tv (BASTV) is going to be televising more of the Diamonds games. They are focusing on Sunday games now. You can check their website www.bayareasports.tv for information.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hot bats lead Diamonds to win

Vinny Guglietti
Vinny Guglietti continues to scorch league pitching, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI last night leading the Pittsburg Diamonds to a 12-9 victory over Vallejo Admirals. The first basemen leads all Pacific Association hitters with a .427 batting average, 32 hits and 28 RBI in 19 games.

Wes Wallace and Chad Highberger each homered in the fourth inning for Pittsburg (10-9) who led 10-3 at the end of five. Wallace went 2-for-4 on the night improving his average to .342 and is now fourth in the league in hits with 25.

Yiecok Calderon extended his hitting streak to three games going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. The outfielder has eight hits in the last three games and is now hitting .311 for the season.
Angel Lara (2-1) made his first start of the season pitching five+ innings and striking out seven. Things went well for the reliever early giving up just three runs through five innings. A grand slam by Tillman Pugh in the top of the sixth cut the Pittsburg lead to 10-7 before Dylan Hecht came on in relief to retire the Admirals.

Jose Canseco started off the evening with a home run derby before the game, won by Caleb Bryson. Canseco started the game as the DH going 0-for-2 before being replaced. He will not play in the series finale today due to an injury, but will be appearing at the game and signing autographs.

First pitch today at Winter Chevrolet Stadium is scheduled for 5:05 PM.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Calderon's ninth inning blast wins it for Pittsburg


Yiecok Calderon crushed a two-run homerun in the ninth inning to break a tie and allow the Diamonds to get a win in game three of their series against the San Rafael Pacifics, 8-6.

The Diamonds opened up a 6-2 lead behind a homerun and three RBI’s for Vinny Guglietti but San Rafael tied the score with three unearned runs in the sixth and then scored one in the seventh without getting a hit.

Michael Holback (0-1) – the fifth Pacifics pitcher on the night – gave up the home run to Calderon and took the loss. Joe Louis (1-0) – just added to the Diamonds’ roster earlier in the day – pitched a scoreless 8th inning for the win. Jordan Brink earned his third save.

It will be Jose Canseco weekend as the Diamonds open a six-game homestand against Vallejo Friday night at 7 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Strong Stirewalt effort overshadowed by Freese gem




San Rafael Pacifics starting pitcher Dakota Freese emulated his idol Sandy Koufax tonight by throwing a one-hit complete game shutout to mow down the visiting Pittsburg Diamonds 2-0.

Freese (1-0) struck out 14 batters, walked only three and was in complete command from beginning to end to earn his first decision of the year.

Diamonds starter Tyler Stirewalt (1-2) almost matched Freese’ brilliance but he gave up a two-run homer to Jake Taylor in the fourth inning and that was the difference.

The Diamonds have lost three games in a row. The final game of their series against the Pacifics will be Thursday night in San Rafael.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pitching can't contain Pacifics in 11-5 loss

Wasting home runs from Vinny Guglietti and Ordomar Valdez, a parade of Diamonds pitchers could not keep San Rafael from scoring and the Pacifics took game one of the series 11-5.

The Pacifics broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh. Josh Eatherly drove in four runs with a double and a triple and Spencer Nielsen and Jake Taylor homered for San Rafael.


Michael Gunn (1-1) started for Pittsburg and took the loss though four Diamond relievers continued to surrender runs after he was out of the game. Julian Esquibel (2-1) got the win for the Pacifics in relief of Nick DeBarr.

Game two of the series is Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Albert Field in San Rafael.

Diamonds in the rough, series notes - June 20





DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH – SERIES NOTES: JUNE 20, 2017
Despite Letting Sunday’s Game Get Away Pittsburg is on a Roll

Having won four straight series, the Diamonds will play a three-game series at San Rafael with their top two pitchers and another that is coming on strong. They also feature first baseman Vinny Guglietti, second in the league in batting average and tied for the league lead in runs batted in.

Starting pitchers:
Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m. – Arkansan Michael Gunn will take the mound for the Diamonds. The 24-year-old lefty comes out of the Boston Red Sox organization. This will be his fourth start. His stats:

Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
1
0
5.89
3
3
0
0
18.1
23
8
18

Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. – Tyler Stirewalt isn’t just the team’s hottest pitcher, he is also the class clown. Born and raised in Southern California, the 26-year-old was drafted by the Minnesota Twins out of Fresno State. This will be the right hander’s fourth start. His stats:

Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
1
1
1.35
3
3
0
0
20
15
6
14

Thursday, June 22, 7 p.m. – His 23rd birthday is coming in about a week and Skyler Shaw-Fuss has been gaining the experience of an old wiley veteran this year.  He has a 2-1 record in his three starts and an excellent ERA of 3.00. His hometown is Santa Cruz, he went to San Benito High School and went to college on the Peninsula at College of San Mateo and Menlo College. His stats:

Season
Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
SHO
SV
IP
SO
BB
H
Summer 2017
2
1
3.00
3
3
0
0
18
8
8
20

Diamonds Looking to Move On From Stunning Collapse – If I told you Pittsburg would mount a thrilling comeback to take a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth and wouldn’t give up a hit in the ninth inning, you might think the Diamonds won. You would be wrong. The Vallejo Admirals gladly accepted the generosity of four walks, a sacrifice and a batter reaching on a wild pitch on a strikeout to score two runs and stun the Diamonds 6-5. Pittsburg reliever Jordan Brink took the loss.

However You Slice It, Diamonds are Hot -- Even with Sunday’s loss, Pittsburg is on a tear. The Diamonds have won four straight series and are 8-3 in their last 11 games. They are 4-1 in games against the Pacifics so far.

Legal Trickery -- The last victory over San Rafael featured a ninth inning hidden ball trick by Diamond second baseman Ordomar Valdez. Valdez caught the late throw as Josh Eatherly stole second, but he did not throw the ball to the pitcher.  He held on to it until Eatherly took a lead and ran over and tagged him out. Instead of a runner at second with one out in a one run game, San Rafael had no one on and two out. The game was over two pitches later.

Jose Canseco Weekend! – This weekend the Diamonds will be adding former A’s great Jose Canseco to their line-up. The Admirals will be back in town for three games and so will the steroid-use truthteller. On Friday, Canseco will be the designated hitter and the first 100 fans arriving at the game will get an autographed pic of Jose. Saturday night, starting at five o’clock, Canseco will take part in a home run derby. Any youngsters who want to shag balls during the home run derby can sign up at www.DiamondsProBall.com.  The first 100 fans on Saturday and Sunday will receive t-shirts commemorating Canseco Weekend.

You’ve Got Options! – There are lots of ways to catch Pittsburg’s professional baseball team in action. The best way is to get up close and personal at Winter Chevrolet Stadium. Tickets available on www.DiamondsProBall.com.  If you can’t be at the game, on Friday and Saturday when the Diamonds are home, the game is televised on Delta TV. That’s Comcast 24, Uverse 99 and it is streamed live on the City of Pittsburg website. Just search Diamonds. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday games, both home and away, are carried live on KLSN-FM. 92.9 on the radio dial. All of the games are on the internet which can be accessed via the Diamonds’ website or Mixlr.com. The radio and internet broadcasts will start 15 minutes before the scheduled first pitch with “Runs!Hits!Aaron!” the Diamonds pre-game show featuring manager Aaron Miles. And BayAreaSports.tv (BASTV) is going to be televising more of the Diamonds games. Check their website www.bayareasports.tv for information.